July 17, 2024
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Safety of guests and staff will always be our priority, says Kilkenny hotel chief

The head of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) in the South East has said that while the early reopening of the sector is great news, the health and safety of employees and guests “will always be our main priority”.

“The earlier reopening of hotels is excellent news and a welcome boost for the tourism community in Kilkenny, as well as for people of all ages across the country who are looking for a well-deserved holiday after lockdown,” Colm Neville, the South East IHF chairman said.

“Hotels have already begun to adapt their services and facilities in anticipation of reopening under COVID-19 guidelines as they prepare to reopen and welcome guests from the end of June.

“The health and safety of employees and guests will always be our main priority. The IHF has have been working closely with Failte Ireland on the development of agreed operational standards that cover all aspects of a hotel’s operations and facilities,” Mr Neville added.

“We are seeing great examples of creativity, innovativeness and flexibility in terms of how hotels and guesthouses are using their property’s spaces as well as rethinking services, restaurant and leisure facilities so that guests can relax and enjoy their break, secure in the knowledge that they are staying in a safe environment.”

“We also welcome the announcement today that the Temporary Way Subsidy Scheme will be extended until the end of August.  This is a significant development as it will help tourism businesses including hotels to keep their teams together and supported financially during the re-start phase.”

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